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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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1 CFIF Unveils National Survey Highlighting Voters’ Health Care Priorities Ahead of the November Election

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today released key findings of a national survey measuring the health care priorities of voters nationally and in 12 key swing states ahead of the November 2020 election.    The survey, which was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for CFIF from September 28 –…

2 Canadian Drug Importation: Unfeasible and Potentially Deadly

With its population of just 38 million, Canada is little more than one-tenth the size of the United States at 330 million.   In fact, Canada has 1 million fewer residents than California alone.   Accordingly, the strangely persistent myth that importing drugs from Canada would substantively lower costs or otherwise improve American…

3 The Unscientific Attack On the Science of Dr. Scott Atlas

The news media until recently had rarely criticized the medical advice of experts — especially those who worked for federal bureaucracies, international organizations or elite universities. Yet the much-praised Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, has demonstrably weakened the effort to fight…

4 Judge Barrett and Your Health Care

Democrats and their media allies are warning that putting Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court will doom the Affordable Care Act. They predict tens of millions will be thrown off Medicaid and the sick will lose their preexisting conditions protections.  Don't fall for this fear-mongering. Here's a rundown of the false claims, with the facts…

5 Don't Muzzle Scientists Investigating COVID-19

Though the death toll from COVID-19 just hit a staggering 200,000 in the U.S., we still don't know the origins of this killer virus. China, which has been praised by the World Health Organization, has blocked independent investigation. Worse, social media platforms are accomplices to the cover-up. Last week, Facebook and Twitter did their best to cancel…

6 White House Drug Price Control Order Threatens U.S. Pharmaceutical Preeminence

In World War II, the United States became the world’s “Arsenal of Democracy,” a label introduced by President Franklin Roosevelt in a December 29, 1940, fireside chat as “a call to arm and support” nations allied against the unthinkable Axis menace as global war expanded.   Although Russians to this day chauvinistically…

7 The Folly of Biden's COVID-19 Advisers

The leftist media are claiming Joe Biden has an all-star team of experts ready to take over and vanquish the virus. In truth, they're undermining the single thing this nation needs to resume normal life – a vaccine. They'd also bring back the dangerous Obama-era idea of making people 65 and over a lesser priority for medical care. If…

8 CFIF Opposes Executive Order Importing Foreign Nations’ Socialized Medicine and Drug Price Controls

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Yesterday, President Trump committed a needless unforced error by signing the "Most Favored Nation" executive order, effectively green-lighting the importation of prescription drug price controls from foreign nations, including some with socialized healthcare systems.  A massive coalition of 80 conservative…

9 The Anti-Trumpers Trying to Block a Vaccine

Trump-haters are so determined to defeat the president that they're opposing emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine. What a callous disregard for human life. Without a vaccine, another 100,000 fatalities are expected by year's end, according to Washington University epidemiologists. On Friday, Food and Drug Commissioner Stephen Hahn ignited…

10 U.S. Pharmaceutical Innovation Advances Apace

Lauran McLinn is a mother of another inspiring boy, Jordan.  Jordan has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal muscle weakening disorder.  Jordan was at my side in Indiana when as governor, I signed a law allowing terminally ill patients to access experimental drugs not yet approved by the FDA.  In 2018, President Trump signed the landmark…

11 Trump Administration Must Correct Drug Price Control Executive Order Before the Damage Is Done

Imagine a political candidate promising, "Under my healthcare proposal, we will slash the number of new lifesaving drugs created and introduced to American consumers by 50% or more going forward."   Come again?   In all likelihood, you’d immediately wonder whether the candidate offering that proposal was intentionally…

12 CFIF Opposes State Attorneys General “March-In” Demand on Remdesivir

ALEXANDRIA, VA – This week, a group of state attorneys general issued a joint letter to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demanding that the federal government employ so-called “march-in” rights under the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980…

13 COVID-19 Lies Go Viral

Beware of three widely circulating COVID-19-related lies and the partisan motives behind them. These lies are dangerous to your children and how you cope with this virus. Lie No. 1: "The United States' response stands out as among the worst of any country." House Majority Whip James Clyburn leveled that charge, as he kicked off a hearing…

14 Using Lifesaving Drugs as a Means of Redistribution

When lifesaving drugs run low, hospitals have to choose which patients get a scarce drug, while others go without. Some even die. Historically, medical ethicists have recommended giving the drug to the patient most likely to benefit or using a lottery to give every patient an equal chance.  Not any more. Pennsylvania hospitals are tilting the…

15 CFIF Opposes White House Executive Order Importing Foreign Nations’ Socialized Medicine and Drug Price Controls

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Regrettably, the White House today announced an executive order that effectively imports drug price controls from foreign nations with socialized healthcare systems.  In response, Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) President Jeffery Mazzella issued the following statement strongly opposing the order and encouraging immediate…

16 Yikes! It's Airborne

If you're working in an office or eating in a restaurant and someone 30 feet away exhales tiny particles of coronavirus, those particles can drift across the room and infect you. Picture cigarette smoke wafting across a room. Same thing. The precautions agencies like the World Health Organization and the federal CDC are telling you to take against…

17 Washington Bureaucrats Drag Their Feet Against the Virus

In a pandemic, government efficiency can make the difference between life and death. You'd expect our civil "servants" to rise to the occasion. Some are. But the Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog, is sounding the alarm that, for the most part, Washington bureaucrats are dithering. The GAO report released June 25 uncovers…

18 Misguided “Buy American” Mandates Threaten New U.S. Drug Innovation

Well, that didn’t take long.  Just three months into the coronavirus lockdown, multiple vaccines are already set to enter final testing on an accelerated schedule next month, well ahead of the autumn timetable originally forecast.  Moderna Inc.’s vaccine will be tested first, followed by Johnson & Johnson’s in the…

19 Coalition Urges Against Denying Patents, Exclusivity and Property Rights to Biomedical Innovators

In a letter to Congress, CFIF joined with a large coalition on a letter expressing “strong opposition to the idea several Democratic lawmakers are pushing:  To deny patents, exclusivity, and property rights to biomedical innovators, targeted specifically at those working furiously on vaccines, diagnostics, therapies, and cures for…

20 Don’t Let Congressional Liberals Undermine Patent Rights Amid Coronavirus Fight

To better appreciate the towering leadership role that America’s pharmaceutical sector plays in the world, consider the following comparison metric.  In World War II, America earned the label “Arsenal of Democracy” by rapidly and massively mobilizing to lead the Allied victory through sheer scale of armament production and innovation…

21 Surprise Medical Billing: Sticking It to Healthcare Professionals Is the Wrong Approach, Especially Amid a Pandemic

Surprise medical billing was already a pressing policy matter in the months leading into the coronavirus pandemic.  The issue, however, has acquired significant new salience due to the increased uncertainty and financial concerns triggered by the pandemic and economic aftershocks.  As we battle the pandemic and pursue a lasting solution…

22 Anti-COVID Technology Makes Returning to Work Safer

Governor Andrew Cuomo is allowing upstate construction and assembly line businesses to reopen May 15, but other businesses have to stay shut longer. How long? That depends on how "essential" they are, he said. Sorry, Governor, but any business is essential if it's how you earn your paycheck. People need to work, and new research indicates…

23 Public Being Misled About Masks

New York, New Jersey, Maryland and other states are requiring everyone to wear a mask or a substitute face covering to leave home. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suddenly flipped from urging the public not to wear masks to recommending that they wear something that covers their nose and mouth. New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio…

24 First, Do No Harm: “Buy American” Pharmaceutical Mandate Would Threaten Innovation When We Need It Most

As revelations of China’s malfeasance amid the coronavirus pandemic proliferate, its calculating regime and ruthless economic model rightfully come under increasing attack.   Remember how for months preceding the pandemic, China sustained deserved condemnation for its efforts to suffocate Hong Kong politically?  It seems almost…

25 The Facts and Fears Behind Continuing the Coronavirus Shutdown

President Donald Trump is extending the nation's shutdown at least until the end of April. He's largely basing his decision on predictions from the University of Washington that even if the nation sticks to the shutdown, 83,967 Americans will die of coronavirus by early August, including 15,788 in New York state. Deaths will likely soar over the next…

26 When to End the Coronavirus Lockdown? Soon

New facts about coronavirus are pouring in from scientists around the globe. This information needs to guide our response. People infected are most contagious before they have symptoms, and some spread the infection widely but never get sick themselves, reports the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. That's why screening for fever and telling…

27 Two Dozen Groups Urge Congress to Oppose Rate-Setting in Coronavirus Package

The Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) today joined a coalition of 24 organizations, led by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, on a letter urging Congress "to reject any attempt to include any language that would seek to address surprise medical billing by creating a government-mandated benchmark (i.e. rate-setting) to determine…

28 New York's Ventilator Rationing Plan

Coronavirus is causing working-age people to worry about missing paychecks, caring for kids home from school, stockpiling groceries and canceling plans. But people in their 50s, 60s or older have bigger worries. Many are lying awake wondering if this is how they're going to die. At its most severe, coronavirus attacks the lungs, making it impossible…

29 Don’t Jeopardize U.S. Pharmaceutical Innovation When We Need It Most

Amid today’s coronavirus pandemic, there’s an astonishing – and potentially encouraging – number to consider.  The United States, with only 4% of the world’s population and 24% of the global economy, accounts for an outsized two-thirds of all new pharmaceuticals introduced worldwide.  That disproportionate…

30 The Great Coronavirus War Is Upon Us

Try this thought experiment. Envision the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as a living, breathing enemy – which, of course, is exactly what it is. But imagine for a moment that we are in real war with a cognizant, thinking and clever enemy whose sole reason to live is to hurt, maim or kill as many of us as it can. COVID-19 may not…

 
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